Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference was filled with games, from previously revealed titles like South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Assassin’s Creed: Origins, to completely new games like Skull and Bones and Beyond Good & Evil 2. For many fans however, the lack of any news related to the dormant Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise was a surprising turn of events. While it may not have been at the show this year, Ubisoft assures fans that the company hasn’t forgotten about the stealth-action series.
In an interview with Geoff Keighley almost immediately after the Ubisoft E3 2017 presser, CEO Yves Guillemot was asked why Splinter Cell wasn’t at the show this year and if the company had any plans for the series in the future. While Guillemot didn’t go into too much detail, he did confirm that the company was aware that most of the Clancy titles had been represented recently and that Splinter Cell wasn’t going to be the odd man out.
Specifically, he mentioned that Ubisoft has a lot on its plate at the moment with all of these new titles and the fact that many of the existing Clancy games are continuing to perform well. Guillemot admitted that just this past weekend, Rainbow Six Siege experienced the highest number of players in game at one time. With many of these titles receiving substantial support multiple years after launch, the studios are likely stretched thin as it is.
“So all the Clancy games are coming along. We are not forgetting Splinter Cell.”
While the news should give fans of the franchise hope, it doesn’t appear that anything is close in terms of an announcement. The last game in the franchise, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, was a critically acclaimed title, it unfortunately underperformed in terms of consumer sales. Given that fact, it’s probable that Ubisoft looked elsewhere first, rather than deciding to immediately green light a sequel.
Are you happy that Ubisoft addressed Splinter Cell at all? What are you hoping to see from the franchise in the future? Let’s hear your opinions below in the comments.